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Seniors Learn about Online Security

At EuroSCUG’s last meeting Moruya Golf Club, the Guest Speaker was Mark Southwell, Manager of Moruya Commonwealth Bank, who spoke about Internet banking, scams, and how to protect yourself. Although Mark’s presentation mostly covered banking, the various strategies he outlined are relevant to all online transactions and Internet security.

Above: Mark Southwell and Amanda Annabel

He showed a video demonstrating how to protect your digital self and recommended members create strong passwords (long, diverse, unique) and change them frequently. He suggested that members should also protect their digital devices by keeping their software, web browsers, and virus protections up to date.

Other recommendations are to avoid suspicious links, protect your identity (avoid unsecured wifi, and don’t disclose personal information on social network and unknown sites or to unknown phone callers). Mark told members that the Commonwealth Bank , and presumably other banks, offer 100% security, net code security and 24/7 fraud monitoring.

Members should notify banks if they plan to use their credit/debit cards overseas and check limits on charges and withdrawals.

At EuroSCUG’s next meeting, at 10am on Wednesday 7th August at Moruya Golf Club, the Guest Speakers will be Donna Lawrence and Christine Elwes from the Moruya Library.

After morning tea, small groups will cover topics such as Basic Excel Spreadsheets, Comparing Electricity Prices, and Smart Phone Basics. An Apple Help Desk and a Windows/Android Help Desk will also be available.

EuroSCUG (Eurobodalla Seniors Computer Users Group) is a group of people who share computer skills in a supportive social atmosphere, helping each other make the best use of their computers, tablets and smart phones. People at all levels of computer competency are welcome.

Members meet at 10am on the first Wednesday of the month at Moruya Golf Club, and local area groups meet regularly in towns along the Eurobodalla. Monthly tablet groups (iPad and Android) are also held.

For more information visit our website at www.euroscug.org, or phone0491608077 or 02 99903035.

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